“TRAILBLAZER”

TRAILBLAZER

— THE CATTLE BARON AND THE CHUCK WAGON —  Cattle baron Charles Goodnight stared at the old Studebaker army-surplus wagon he hauled to his ranch and tinkered with an idea he believed would improve the long and physically demanding days of long cattle drives.      Cattlemen like Goodnight moved large herds across overland trails to meet the northern demands for beef.

The cattle drives required lots of cowhands who faced living on the open […]

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“AUTHOR RAYMOND CHANDLER”

HARDBOILED NOVELIST

 

His name: Chandler. Raymond Thornton Chandler. A writer who combed the shadowing streets of LA specializing in something called hard-boiled crime fiction.

Chandler made Los Angeles as much a character in his novels as his persistent private eye Philip Marlowe.

The quintessential tough guy debuted in the novel, The Big Sleep (1939). He battled crime and corruption with three close friends— .38 special, a drink, and a wisecrack.

Chandler’s […]

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“BOOZE AND BATWINGS”

OLD WEST SALOONS

— OLD WEST SALOONS — The cowboy’s body ached from spending the day in the saddle under a blazing sun. He dismounted in front of the saloon, his parched lips coated with the taste of trail dust.

Dry and thirsty, he pushed through the door of the saloon. The place was typical of most barrooms across the frontier.

The place was long and narrow with the […]

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“FEARLESS BUT FOOLISH”

HAPLESS HIGHWAYMAN

— THE HAPLESS HIGHWAYMAN — Outlaw Dick Fellows stood in the shadows across the street from the Wells Fargo office in Caliente, California, and watched three strongboxes placed aboard the awaiting stagecoach. He smiled, pleased his instincts had paid off.  

But then he spotted Wells Fargo Chief Detective James B. Hume, and three officers board the stage. 

Fellows had no way of knowing the value of the […]

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